No blowout this time, just another sweep.
Bernie Williams singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 5-4 Sunday, completing a four-game wipeout of the Royals.New York (84-29) outscored the Royals 41-9 in the sweep, completing a week that saw the Yankees win seven of eight, outscoring Oakland and Kansas City by a combined 76-22.
The Yankees are 55 games over .500 for the first time since they finished the 1961 season at 109-53 and are on pace to break the record of 116 wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs. They also improved their home mark to 42-8 and can look ahead to playing 31 of their final 49 games at Yankee Stadium.
Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, the Yankees tied the score on Paul O'Neill's two-run double off Hipolito Pichardo and Bernie Williams' sacrifice fly off Matt Whisenant, a drive caught by Johnny Damon at the top of the right-field wall.
Scott Service (4-3) then helped the Yankees with control problems. Chuck Knoblauch walked leading off the eighth but was caught stealing. Derek Jeter then walked, stole second and continued to third as the pitch went to the screen for a wild pitch.
O'Neill was intentionally walked and Williams sent a drive into the gap in right-center.
Ramiro Mendoza (8-2) pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings in relief of Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 30th save in 38 chances.
Helped by a Beanie Baby promotion, the game drew 55,911, the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since opening day and the 10th-highest for a regular-season game since the modeled ballpark opened in 1976.
Pettitte, who missed his previous start because of a strained muscle in his left shoulder, had a so-so game, allowing four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Pichardo, coming off a season-high 7 1-3 innings in a 12-4 win at Minnesota on Tuesday, gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Scott Brosius' 12th homer put the Yankees ahead in the third. But Kansas City, which won six of seven coming into the series, took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Dean Palmer, Jeff King and Hal Morris. Offerman added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
MARINERS 6, TIGERS 3: Alex Rodriguez hit a tie-breaking, three-run homer in the seventh as Seattle finished its first ever four-game sweep of the Detroit.
Ken Griffey Jr. failed to homer for the ninth straight game, but made a spectacular leaping catch in center to rob Detroit's Luis Gonzalez of a two-run homer. Griffey, the AL's home run leader with 41, was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts, hasn't homered in 42 at-bats.
Rodriguez has 35 homers. Edgar Martinez went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs, and rookie Raul Ibanez also homered for the Mariners, who have won six of their last seven.
Bob Wells (2-2) pitched one shutout inning of relief, and Mike Timlin got three outs for his ninth save. Sean Runyan (1-3) took the loss.
TWINS 5, ORIOLES 4: Pat Meares went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as Minnesota beat Baltimore for its first victory in eight games in August.
Meares raised his average against Mike Mussina (10-6) to .417 (10-for-24), and helped hand the right-hander his second loss in 14 decisions against Minnesota. The loss snapped Baltimore's five-game winning streak.
Dan Serafini (5-4) limited the Orioles to two runs in six innings, and Rick Aguilera pitched the ninth for his 28th save.
B.J. Surhoff and Roberto Alomar homered for the Orioles, who have connected in a franchise-record 20 straight games. Eric Davis had an infieldhit in the third to extend his team-record hitting streak to 25 games.
ANGELS 9, WHITE SOX 0: Chuck Finley won for the first time since June 30, allowing only three hits in seven innings as Anaheim beat Chicago.
Tim Salmon was 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak and had lost seven of nine. Salmon hit an RBI single in the first, an RBI double in the third, and his 22nd homer in the fourth.
Finley (9-5) was 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his last six starts. He walked five and struck out four, raising his career total to 1,900 strikeouts.
James Baldwin (7-5) took the loss.
BLUE JAYS 4, ATHLETICS 3: Jose Cruz Jr. hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to rally Toronto past Oakland.
Carlos Delgado singled to open the eighth off Mike Mohler (3-3) before Cruz hit his fifth homer over the left-field fence.
Paul Quantrill (2-4) got the win with 1 1-3 innings of relief.
Mohler (3-3) spoiled a strong outing by A's starter Mike Oquist, who allowed just one earned run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings.
DEVIL RAYS 2, INDIANS 1: John Flaherty's ninth-inning double drove in Quinton McCracken from first base as Tampa Bay beat Cleveland.
McCracken began the ninth with a single off Paul Assenmacher (2-5). Paul Shuey gave up the winning shot into the left-field corner one out later.
Jim Mecir (4-2) pitched one inning for the victory.
CARDINALS 2, CUBS 1: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were both kept in the ballpark Sunday, and John Mabry's pinch-hit homer was the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-1.
Neither McGwire nor Sosa, who each homered on Saturday in St. Louis' wild 9-8 win in 13 innings, got many pitches to hit. Sosa singled, walked three times and struck out to end the game with a runner at first. Sosa tied Saturday's game with a two-run homer in the ninth.
McGwire struck out twice and was walked twice, giving him 121 this season. He has 46 homers and Sosa 44 as they chase Roger Maris' single-season record of 61.
ASTROS 11, PHILLIES 2: Shane Reynolds got his 14th win and Billy Wagner pitched for the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive as Houston completed a three-game sweep.
Moises Alou drove in four runs for the Astros with a two-run homer and a two-run double. Houston, which has won 10 of 13, hadn't swept Philadelphia since doing it twice in 1966.
Wagner hadn't pitched for the Astros since he suffered a concussion and cut left ear when he was hit in the left side of the head by a vicious line drive on July 15 in Arizona.
Derek Bell had a two-run triple in a five-run fourth off Matt Beech (3-9). Beech, who has lost six straight decisions.
Reynolds (14-7) improved to 5-1 lifetime against the Phillies and won for the seventh time in his last nine decisions.
PADRES 6, MARLINS 5: Ken Caminiti hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put the Padres ahead and let Sterling Hitchcock off the hook.
San Diego has won four of five and is 35 games over .500 for the first time.
With Steve Finley on with a one-out walk in the fourth, Caminiti drove an 0-2 pitch from Andy Larkin (3-7) into the right-field seats for his 21st homer.
The shot helped bail out Hitchcock (6-4), who allowed five runs on three homers in the first three innings. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 38th save.
Edgar Renteria, Luis Castillo and Mark Kotsay homered off Hitchcock for the Marlins, who came in ranked next-to-last in the majors with 76 homers.
ROCKIES 11, METS 4: Dante Bichette went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and Darryl Kile won at home for just the third time this season.
Bichette hit his 18th homer and reached 100 RBIs for the fourth straight year. Colorado trailed 4-1 in the third before scoring seven runs in the fourth.
Kile (8-14) allowed 10 hits and improved to 9-2 in his career against the Mets, including a no-hitter in 1993.
Kile was coming off the shortest outing of his career, 1 2-3 innings at Pittsburgh. The right-hander allowed four runs, walked three and struck out six in his third complete game this season.
Colorado's Larry Walker robbed Mike Piazza of a homer in the seventh inning with a leaping catch at the right-field wall.
Hideo Nomo (5-9) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs and eight hits.
John Olerud went 4-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 23 games for New York.
EXPOS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Bob Henley's two-run double keyed a five-run, two-out rally in the seventh as Montreal won for the sixth time in seven games.
Arizona starter Bob Wolcott (1-2) held Montreal to one hit and faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings, before Terry Jones singled with one out. One out later, Vladimir Guerrero hit an RBI double to make it 2-1. After Wolcott intentionally walked Brad Fullmer, Henley doubled in the go-ahead runs.
The Expos added three runs in the eighth on a two-run double by Fullmer and an RBI single by Henley.
Shayne Bennett (5-4) gave up one hit in the seventh for the win and Steve Kline pitched two perfect innings for his first career save.
BREWERS 4, REDS 3: Leadoff hitter Fernando Vina revived Milwaukee's offense with a pair of hits and steals as the Brewers rebounded from consecutive shutouts.
Scott Karl (9-6), pitching on his 27th birthday, held the Reds to five hits in seven-plus innings, steadying a pitching staff that had allowed 21 runs in the previous two days.
Vina singled twice, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and scored in the first inning, ending the Brewers' streak of 25 innings without a run. The Brewers lost the first two games of the series 17-0 and 4-0 and fired hitting coach Lamar Johnson.
Steve Parris (1-3) remained winless since June 28.